Learn how to write your life stories during one of our dynamic memoir writing retreats and workshops. Whether you have a penchant for travel or prefer to learn from the comfort of home, we've got you covered.
Sit back and tell us your stories while we write your memoir on your behalf. Everyone is a gifted storyteller in the hands of our writers. We capture your unique voice in a memoir you'll be proud to share with family and friends.
Let Us Publish
As your publisher, The Cheerful Word takes the stress out of making your book a reality. Working with our team, you maintain creative control of your manuscript and keep 100% of your royalties.
The Cheerful Word offers memoir services to meet you right where you are. From your first story idea to holding your printed book in your hand, we help take the anxiety and hassle out of writing and publishing. Whether you come to us having never written a word before, or with a manuscript in hand, we’re ready to guide you every step of the way.
The mission of The Cheerful Word is to honor, encourage, and inspire individuals and families by preserving your legacies and connecting us across the generations. Sam accomplishes her mission as a ghost writer, coach, and publisher by delivering books for private family libraries and for those who wish to make a profit by selling their books online and locally.
Sam is a seasoned writer and motivational speaker on topics relating to memoir, entrepreneurship, and finding self-worth and self-acceptance through writing. On any given day, you can find her listening to people’s stories everywhere from the local coffee shop, to the pub, to the church pew.
What is a Memoir?
Memoir is a series of stories that one person writes about her life in a book. These stories recount events as a chapter in a life such as a coming-of-age story, or as a theme across a lifetime such as a creative passion or a career. These stories are remembered and recorded as fact to the best of one’s ability. An autobiography, on the other hand, is a lengthy work recording the events of a lifetime from birth through current day, often including fact-checking the minutiae of life. Readers miss the character and personality more often found in memoir. Memoir also allows for a more creative expression of one’s life. People write memoir for many reasons: self-discovery, affirmation, overcoming, celebration, or to leave a legacy. No matter the reason, you choose to tell the tales you most want to tell. We are here to help you tell those stories, just the way you want to be remembered.
More Than a Memoir, The Cheerful Word helps you write your life story
Your life story creates a powerful sense of connection across the generations as well as serving as an anchor within yourself to your own story. Our goal is to help you capture your memoir in words that honor and encourage you today and leave a legacy of inspiration.
Whether you are a young adult or nearing the end of a long life, The Cheerful Word guides you expertly every step of the way. We offer creative writing classes and one-on-one work to help you preserve your wisdom and experiences for the joy of personal exploration and for posterity.
When to write your life story
There is no age too young or too old to begin writing about the adventures and lessons of your life so far. Teens have lived densely packed lives and have much to share about lessons learned, if we are willing to listen. The same is true of those who have lived especially long lives, and every age in between. Our team has decades of experience working with those at the end of life or receiving palliative care to capture and preserve those treasured stories before they are lost to history. We also work with people who come from blended families and we understand how to navigate the waters of complex family history.
Here are some situations when we hear from people who want to write their memoir:
- Following a significant life-changing event
- Starting over or overcoming hardship
- Celebrating milestone occasions such as retirement, birthdays, or anniversaries
- When you’ve got stacks of journals and don’t know how to pull them together into a cohesive book
- If you love writing, but don't know how to come up with a storyline for your book
- To preserve the memories and experiences of a loved one
No matter when you're up for writing your memoir, we're here to help!